Brazil Fans Endure Rout for the Ages

Germany 7, Brazil 1

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 8, 2014 5:08 PM CDT

(Newser) – Germany handed Brazil its heaviest World Cup loss ever today with an astounding 7-1 rout in the semifinals that stunned the host nation. Miroslav Klose scored a record-setting 16th career World Cup goal in a five-goal spurt in the first half as Brazil's defense was torn apart. Just how bad was it? Slate has a GIF showing that the on-screen scoreboard had to scroll to accommodate the number of scorers.

Brazil's previous biggest World Cup loss was 3-0 to France in the 1998 final. The Germans will face either Argentina or the Netherlands in Sunday's final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil was playing without the injured Neymar and suspended captain Thiago Silva. Toni Kroos and Andre Schuerrle scored two goals each for Germany, while Thomas Mueller and Sami Khedira added the others. Oscar got a late goal for Brazil.

A Brazilian soccer fan cries as she watches her team get beat.   (AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes)
A Brazil soccer fan can't bear to watch.   (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A Brazilian fan after the rout.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
A fan of Brazil cries as she watches her team.   (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
A Brazil fan covers his face after the game.   (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Brazil soccer fans embrace as they watch.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A Brazil soccer fan wearing contact lenses that mimic the Brazilian flag watches the game in horror.   (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Germany fans are pretty happy.   (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Germany's Andre Schuerrle (9) celebrates after scoring his side's sixth goal.   (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Germany's Miroslav Klose gestures as he is substituted during the game. He scored his record 16th goal.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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